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  1. Sleipnir

    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    I must admit, I was not actively looking for a second horse. I did not plan it. But, when a breeder I know well posted the first pictures of a newborn colt she had, I instantly fell in love... I visited him for the first time when he was 6mo. By the time he was 8mo, I had bought him, but, as I...
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    Donating (horse) blood - what a POSITIVE experience!

    My local veterinary hospital spread the news on Facebook that they're in an urgent need for horse blood donations and offered to transport fitting volunteers to and from the hospital at their own costs. They needed healthy, strong geldings, 5-10 years of age and, although my big guy just turned...
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    Working a horse while on Panacur 5 day treatment

    Advice appreciated. I am going to start the 5 day Panacur treatment next week on my horse to treat possible encysted redworm infestation. His fecals came back almost clean and he is overall a very healthy, >600kg, 12yo horse. This will, however, be the first time he'll have Panacur. What I'd...
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    Organizing a saddle fitting clinic overseas

    Good evening! I just had an idea and hope on the collective HH hivemind help to do a research on it. :) I live in the Baltics and we have a real problem with good saddle fitters here. To be precise, there are two self-proclaimed fitters around in my country and both of them don't do a very...
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    Talk to me about Alfalfa

    So my gelding is a good-doer and currently a bit too much on the chunky side. Due to work assignments I am unable to go to the yard to exercise him every day and currently we are without a saddle, so exercise is a bit limited (I still ride him bareback, lunge and long-rein him about 3-4 times a...
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    Online saddle fitting advice

    Long story short - I am concerned about the fit of my saddle on my horse and the part of the world where I live, there are only a few saddle fitters, of which none are truly experienced enough to be fully trusted. Maybe somebody can recommend an online service (although I realize it would not...
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    Saddle use after reflocking

    I recently had my saddle reflocked and the saddler instructed me to ride the first 20 rides after the repair without a saddle pad, so that the horses' warmth and sweat would affect the wool flocking more and it would mold to the horses' back better. Thing is - it's shedding season, there's...
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    Am I mad? Overreacting? Beating a horse to load.

    So, this happened locally. Please, watch the video, although, understandably, you won't be able to read the text: http://www.delfi.lv/aculiecinieks/news/sabiedriba/video-aculiecinieks-sacensibas-fikse-ka-jatniece-sit-zirgu-pvd-ierosina-lietu.d?id=47826623 Long story short, a local big-name...
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    Done to death - which yard?

    I hate to admit it, but I must start looking for a new yard. The current one I moved in a bit more than a year ago and initially it was perfect. Unfortunately, the elderly YO and her husband have not been living up to their promises (and the contract) lately and no amount of talking things over...
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    Eek! Suddenly normal!

    A month and a half or so ago my gelding was suddenly swapped for a fire-breathing, snorting, prancing, spook-at-everything dragon. The saddle was checked and the flocking refreshed, although there were no major issues and two different saddlers agreed it fits well. The chiro came and gave him a...
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    Am I being unreasonable? Strangers taking photos.

    Yes, I get that my gelding is attractive and a show-off. I am fully aware that our hacking largely consists of a nature reserve and we often meet hikers, dog walkers, families with children, cyclists and so on. I am always polite, stop to chat an let people pet my boy, give them my yards'...
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    Change in behavior - monster while hacking.

    I am open to any kind of advice on what would be the best course of action with my gelding - sorry for the long vent, but I need help! Background: - almost 9yo warmblood with a tendency to get strong in the bridle, however, very sane. Has always been a perfect hack - fearless, bold, will cross...
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    What kind of breastplate?

    I recently moved my gelding to a new yard which has access to fantastic hacking - acres and acres of woodlands, long, sandy paths, LOTS of steep hills and ditches. Up to now, we were used to flatter ground. During our first hack in this forest, while jumping up a ditch, I discovered that my...
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    Respiratory supplement - which one?

    My horse, an 8yo gelding, is known to be a little allergic to dust when the hay season starts - that is, from autumn till spring. He lives 24/7 outside, eats hay from nets, yet gets a bit of dry cough on dry days - you notice it at the first trot or when the herd starts running around. He's been...
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    The kind of horse a Thorowgood T4 Cob GP is for?

    I know, I know, there's been quite a lot of review threads about this Thorowgood model. However, as I am planning to maybe ordering this saddle online and have no chance to try it on before (Thorowgood is not a known brand in my country), I would want to be as sure as possible that the saddle...
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    Experiences with Tekna saddles

    It's me and my saddle hunt again! So, I was recommended to take a look at Tekna saddles, and they really do look rather nice. But what are your experiences - are they likely to fit round barreled, low withered and really flat backed horses? Can't seem to find anywhere what kind of horses they...
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    Eric Thomas Techinc jump saddle

    I'm hoping to get a review or two on the Eric Thomas Technic jum saddle. I like the idea it's got an interchangeable gullet system, also don't mind it being synthetic, but would it be worth to try it on a flat-backed, low-withered horse? Also, does the seat size run small or large? I saw a...
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    CC and condition for my gelding?

    Hello, all. I'd like to ask for some CC on my gelding and honest opinions on his strengths and weaknesses. I have posted a similar thread before on an USA-based forum and am interested to compare, how opinions may vary on different sides of the world. :o So, here he is - a 7 years old Latvian...
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